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Urban Spelunking: Lee School

Published July 24, 2014

Now that Lee School -- which closed in 2009 -- is back in the news, it seemed like a good time to finally get a look at this vintage schoolhouse I've long been eager to see.

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Human mom raising baby raccoons

Published July 21, 2014

Alissa Gonyea, a Milwaukee Public Schools teacher, planned to have a lesiurely summer that included travel and camping adventures with her son and nephew. Instead, she is taking care of four baby raccoons.

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Johnson makes deep grooves in Milwaukee radio, schools and families

Published July 17, 2014

Barry Johnson is a 34-year veteran DJ at WMSE and the host of Saturday afternoon's "The Boogie Bang." But it's his commitment to family, work, church and Milwaukee Public Schools that make him one of Milwaukee's many unsung heroes. This song's for you, Barry.

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5 great photos of fun at Milwaukee playgrounds

Published July 7, 2014

We all have fond memories of summer fun on school playgrounds (don't we?). This year, Milwaukee school playgrounds are back open offering a wide range of free fun for city kids.

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WAMI event at Summerfest showcases young local talent

Published June 28, 2014

Summerfest will host the 10th annual WAMI Youth Showcase, a two-hour event featuring blossoming young musical talent, on Tuesday, July 1. The event will feature a dozen singer/songwriters, vocal groups and bands chosen by a panel of WAMI judges who work in the music business.

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Teaching children mindfulness can build a lifetime of positive emotion

Published June 12, 2014

Parents, like teachers, know first-hand how kids can flare up. How a simple, "no," can lead to an "I hate you." Or how a perceived slight can lead to a physical altercation on the playground. Teaching children mindfulness -- like teaching them math -- provides them a valuable skill and one that that will have practical applications every day of their lives, present and future.

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Grading MPS superintendent Thornton

Published June 10, 2014

Now that Dr. Gregory Thornton has nearly finished his tenure at the helm of Wisconsin's largest school district, it's time to look back on his performance. According to Jay Bullock, Thornton's four years here have been a bit of a mixed bag, but overall, he was more successful than his last few predecessors at the Milwaukee Public Schools.

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MPS names Driver acting superintendent

Published June 5, 2014

Tonight the Milwaukee Board of School Directors named MPS chief innovation officer Dr. Darienne Driver as acting superintendent, beginning July 1.

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Teens rally to demand: put the guns down

Published May 28, 2014

Last week 10-year-old Sierra Guyton was shot while she played in the schoolyard at Clarke Street School. That, along with many other incidents, has fueled a group of middle school students at MPS' Westside Academy II to organize an event to speak out against violence.

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MPS has seen successes in past four years, but there's room to improve

Published May 25, 2014

We were curious to hear what parents and teachers in the district thought were the areas that were overlooked or under-addressed in the district over the past four years; not a bashing session, but an honest discussion of areas that need a boost in our schools. So, we asked...

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AWE residency leads Starms kindergarteners to dig deeper into science

Published May 19, 2014

Kids come and go from schools; it's just the nature of things. But thanks to Artists Working in Education, many Milwaukee children are making a lasting mark on their schools. Among about a dozen projects this semester that A.W.E. is doing in schools this year is one at Starms Early Childhood Center that has kids studying science through an art project that will have a permanent place in the school building.

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Chatting with Caldecott-winning author and artist Faith Ringgold

Published May 15, 2014

The day just got cooler today at two MPS schools. This morning, renowned author and artist Faith Ringgold read her 1992 Caldecott-winning children's book "Tar Beach" to students at Hampton Elementary School. Then tonight at 6, Ringgold will give a public lecture at North Division High School. OnMilwaukee got a chance to quick sit down with Ringgold and chat about her lecture this evening, "Tar Beach" and the importance of sharing stories.

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Schools & Communities United unveils education report and organizing event

Published May 14, 2014

In advance of a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision that led to the desegregation of America's schools, Milwaukee's School & Communities United - a coalition of community, teacher, student, labor, civic and religious organizations - has issued a report on education in Milwaukee.

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MPS takes to the streets to bolster enrollment

Published May 12, 2014

For the past decade, Milwaukee Public Schools enrollment has been falling with each passing year. Then, this year, something curious happened. Enrollment edged up. That gain may be attributed, at least in part, to a door-to-door canvassing program that took place last summer and will be expanded this year.